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FEMA center to close Oct. 3

T-R photo by Thomas Nelson — The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has a disaster recovery center in Marshalltown. The center will close Oct. 3.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will close its disaster recovery center Oct. 3.

The center opened Sept. 15 with the goal of giving victims of the Aug. 10 derecho assistance. The closure of Marshalltown’s center comes as the Cedar Rapid’s center closes Saturday.

Survivors in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Jasper, Linn, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties have until Oct. 19 to register for disaster assistance.

Thousands have already registered for assistance from FEMA.

The center offers drive-through service because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are located at the Southgate Plaza behind the Marshalltown VA Clinic. They ask that people go by Fashion Nails to enter the drive-through.

John Mills, FEMA spokesperson, shows the drive-through area people will be able to use. The center will close Oct. 3.

People can also call 800-621-3362 to register for assistance.

The center is open to help people who don’t have internet access. Many people with derecho damage have not gotten internet access yet.

Applicants do not have to visit a center to submit documents to FEMA–they can mail, fax or submit them online at DisasterAssistance.gov as well. Information on these options can be found in their FEMA letter.

The center is open between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. and is located behind the Marshalltown VA Clinic.

FEMA workers in Marshalltown will be assisting victims of the Aug. 10 derecho. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA has opened a disaster recovery center in Marshalltown.

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